Daytrip to Znojmo.
Znojmo is a wonderfully picturesque town in the South Moravian region of the Czech Republic. It is not far from the Austrian border. Znojmo has lovely churches, a castle, town squares and fountains. It is set on a hillside sloping down to the Dyje River.
I did research Znojmo before our trip, honest, but for some reason I was convinced the Czech Republic used the Euro. I was sadly wrong; they still use the Czech crown. We were there on a Saturday afternoon. All banks and money changers (of which there were not many) were shut. Oh dear. Don't know if any restaurants would have accepted Euros. We just did not spend anything. Shame there were great looking restaurants. Znojmo was a lovely sleepy town with great view points with views towards churches, the castle and rotunda and the Dyje River
Wolf Tower And City Walls.
When we walked into the centre of the old town from the train station the first sight we came to was Wolf Tower and a stretch of city walls. It is worth having a quick look around this area if you are in Znojmo.
Znojmo's Castle And St Catherine's Rotunda.
We could not go in to either building as we had no Czech money. There is an entrance way to the castle next to the brewery. You will go into a little building with tourist info. No need to pay here, pass through and go down the stairs. There are great views, a cafe, birds of prey and the kasse to buy tickets for the castle and rotunda. We only saw the castle from the outside not very castle like, more like a big house and under renovation. The rotunda is quite cute from the outside and supposedly has great frescoes inside. From this area there were great views over the river and towards Saint Nicholas's Church and Saint Wenceslas's Chapel.
Near Wolf's Tower there is a big open square containing a church, sometimes if you are there on the right day a market, a fountain, a plague column and some restaurants. You can see the town hall tower in the distance from here.
St Nicholas's Church And St Wenceslas's Chapel.
Saint Nicholas's Church dates back to around 1100. St Nicholas is the patron saint of merchants. It was free to enter the church. It was quiet and peaceful inside. St Wenceslas's Chapel had an exhibition inside and a viewpoint outside.
Walk Down To The River.
There is a lovely walk from the churches down to the river past vineyards and crosses. There are good views from this area. Plus it is just an interesting and attractive area to have a stroll in. If you visit Znojmo, why not take a look?
Wander Aimlessly Round The Old Town.
Znojmo's old town is wonderful just to wander aimlessly around in. You will wander through many lovely colourful streets. You will walk past cafes, fountains, statues and several very lovely old churches.
Getting to Znojmo.
We got to Znojmo by train from Vienna. We paid 16 Euros per person for a return ticket (you must return within four days on this ticket). We boarded the train at Wien Mitte Station, but the train started from Wien Meidling Station. The journey took 1 hour 33 minutes from Wien Mitte Station. It was comfortable and the train was fairly empty and very clean.